Stroud Town Council is using its reserves and alternative forms of revenue to protect the services it provides to the community.
The average Band D payer will pay an extra 24p per week as the Town Council’s share of the council tax.
That means, an average Band D council tax payer will pay £156.85 a year, an increase of £12.28 per year.
Councillors decided to use £260,075 from its reserves in order to protect services and to ensure the Town Council can continue with its projects.
“As a Town Council we are doing far more than we have ever done and we are committed to step in where other organisations have seen their funding cut,” said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
“We are protecting the services we provide to the community and we are committed to doing more in the upcoming year.”
As well as using reserves the Town Council will look at fundraising to secure grants for a wide variety of projects from improvements to the Subscriptions Room and Lansdown Hall to improving the town’s railway station and making the area more welcoming to visitors.
The Town Council is also focusing on empowering and supporting the Stroud community through a wide range of grants and service level agreement and a new part-time Community Development Officer post in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council and the Barnwood Trust.
“We are committed to continuing our ongoing funding to Citizens Advice, Down to Earth, Homestart, the Marah Trust, Uplands Care Services and Allsorts because these organisations provide vital support to people in the community,” said Councillor Cranston.
“This is in addition to the work of our Green Spaces team do to maintain the parks, play equipment and green places around the town.”
The Town Council is also launching a new climate grants scheme to encourage residents, organisations and businesses to reduce their carbon emissions.
As part of its commitment to become carbon neutral the Town Council has earmarked £5,000 to buy an electric van for its Green Spaces team.
The Town Council is responsible for 20 green spaces and play areas in the town and manages five allotment sites, the town clock and floral displays.